Columbus Day Sidewalk Sales Friday, October 11th, through Monday October 14th, 10 am – 5pm. (Sunday October 13th 12pm-5pm).  

Forget the mall, shop small! New shops, new looks…how about some new fragrances or fashions for you, your home or boat? Over 20 locally owned boutiques and galleries to navigate as they offer special pricing on end-of-season merchandise to make room for the newest fall fashions. FREE ADMISSION, Rain or Shine.

Bowen’s Wharf 29th Annual Seafood Festival: Saturday, October 19th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

& Sunday, October 20th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

FREE ADMISSION to 25+ vendors including, local restaurants and fishermen. Celebrate the harvest of the sea on historic Bowen’s Wharf, in downtown Newport. Enjoy a cornucopia of seafood, desserts, and kid-friendly fare. Groove all day long to live music featuring folk, surf rock, Caribbean steel pan, reggae, blues, and classic rock. The festival offers ship visits onboard Oliver Hazard Perry, the 200-foot Tall Ship & Rhode Island’s official sailing school vessel. 

Food and beverages can be purchased at vendor booths. The event will be held, rain or shine, under the festival tents. Visit and our social channels for music schedule, sponsors and event details. Sponsors include Moet & Chandon, Belvedere, Ardbeg, Cloudy Bay Vineyards from the LVMH portfolio and from Diageo: Captain Morgan, Tanqueray, Don Julio, Bulleit. Whalers returns and will be on-site sampling too. 

Illuminated Boat Parade & Block Party Friday, Friday, November 29th 4pm – 8pm  

Newport harbor is illuminated with the Boat Parade and Bowen’s wharf delivers Caribbean Christmas and Holiday tunes. Panoramic View,  featuring the steel pan, will be live at the North Pole. Make a restaurant reservation early to watch the parade of lights from Bowen’s Wharf while boats  compete for best decorated. All our locally-owned shops and restaurants will be open — many with special offers to make shopping for your loved ones, and yourself, a joy. FREE ADMISSION, Rain or Shine.

Bowen’s Wharf 49th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Saturday, December 7th  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – twinkling lights, fragrant wintergreens, beautiful bows, and a most amazing Christmas tree on historic Bowen’s Wharf. Come early for holiday shopping (recorded Christmas music begins in the afternoon) and stay through the evening as festivities begin with Frosty the Snowman at 4:30 pm. Local musicians take the stage at 5:00 to lead the carol sing-a-long. A City Official lights the tree at 6:00 – the official beginning of Christmas at Bowen’s Wharf! Santa and Mrs. Claus motor into Bowen’s Basin by boat (weather permitting) eager to listen to every child’s wish. Bowen’s Wharf restaurants remain open for holiday meals. Many shops offer refreshments. FREE ADMISSION! Festivities held rain or shine.  

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).